Untitled For quite some years, I struggled with poor eyesight and far too much pride to do anything about it. Anxious of name-calling and embarrassment, I would screw my eyes up and squint into the distance. Roughly five years ago, my then fiancé encouraged me to purchase some glasses, so scrawling through various designs I decided to take the plunge. Now I always believe that if you are going to do something, you should do it with your whole self and never hold back. With this in mind, I chose some baby pink frames and waited nervously for them to arrive. They were fabulous. They gave me the confidence to stand out and being able to see clearly again made me want to wear them all the time. Fast-forward to the present day and I now wear glasses as soon as I roll out of bed!

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Untitled ‘Ding-dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is deaaaad.’ Okay perhaps not quite Dorothy and somewhere over the rainbow, but this look reminds me of the wicked witch of the west. I am feeling this “army green” vintage pencil skirt with every sip of witchy brew I take (too many puns already – okay enough.) There is just something about a purple and green combination that reminds me of the spookiest time of the year and if you are ever without a Halloween outfit – this is a brilliant basic to start from. I added a “witch on a broom” pin to this outfit, which comes c/o “Pin Club” – you can read about them here. For a small monthly subscription, you can receive a brand new pin in the post every single month. Octobers pin is this wicked witch of the west flying through the midnight sky on her wooden broomstick. If you want to be ghostly but gorgeous – its little details like this sweet pin that makes all the difference.

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This post features vintage from my own store and has been styled for promotional purposes. Please visit: www.monicavalentinevintage.com for more.

Untitled Ah Halloween. Once this spooky time of year comes around, I know that can only mean one thing – Christmas. Yes I said it, I went there. But it is The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. Each year, there are zombies, pumpkins, witches and mummies roaming about scaring people at house parties and nightclubs. Without wanting to be a carbon copy from all the rest of us who have “raided the pound shop” at the last minute – how DO you dress for Halloween but still maintain your own retro / vintage inspired style?

All this week on my blog I have some ghoulish get-ups that will help you get in the scary spirit but those that you can actually wear to work without fear of getting fired. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. It is a strange but fascinating fixation that most of us have with dressing up creepily. There are a small handful of us that absolutely go all out each year and look like we belong in another world (perhaps the Underworld) and then we have the cutie patoooootie Halloweeners that consider “a nurses outfit with blood on” a spine tingly terrifying ensemble. However you like to celebrate – stay tuned to my blog for outfits, ideas and inspiration all this week!

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Untitled Morning Peaches! Sometimes in life – you have those “moments” where two completely separate things collide to make an absolute perfect formation and you swear down that it must have been planned by the universe all along right?

As you all know – I am currently busy writing some new tracks for my E.P. I have been taking inspiration by listening to the glitz and glamour of artists from the 1930s such as The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. This one particular song I have started writing reminds me of being back in the 1930s, dancing around the room while a huge brass band plays with exuberance in the corner.

Imagine my sheer amazement when the press release for the new collection from “Palava” lands on my doorstep describing the new season as “glitz and glam from the 1930s” – Mind BLOWN.

The Universe really does have a way of embellishing my imagination.

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Untitled Hello peaches. A few weeks ago I visited the beautiful St Annes with my family to recharge my batteries. Visiting the beach is still a novelty to me and each time I go to one I am reminded of how much I love the sand and sea air. I was recently gifted this lush deep emerald green “Barnstar” dress from Book of Deer.

I have been gathering memories and had my head down in lyrics for the past few weeks so my “outfit of the days” have not been as frequent. These busy times have seen me reaching for those “comfy” throw me on outfits. The Barnstar dress is all that and more.

Effortless with its comfortable sixties shape and frilled sleeves, it always makes me feel dressed up even if it is a “cozy” kinda day.

Made from a soft material similar to my other half’s most snug Rugby hooded pullover – wearing this dress is like being hugged by your pjs. For me wearing this, grabbing a coffee, my MacBook and knee-high socks is the perfect start to a productive day for writing. Although this is part of Book of Deer’s summer collection, I really think this is one of those dresses that can see you through into Autumn as well. It is currently on sale over on their site so the PERFECT opportunity to grab that bargain that will help you transition weather wise as we go into the cooler months of the year.

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The items in this blog post have been gifted to me to review. I will always give my 100% honest opinion and never accept products that I would not be happy to buy and choose myself. I may also earn a commission from the links that are within this post. If you would like to collaborate with me, please contact me at info(at)monicavalentinevintage(dot)com. Please note, due to the high volume of requests from brands - I only collaborate, review and work with those that I feel my readers would like to view/read about on my blog.

Untitled Hello Peaches! So a month or so ago I was sent this lush Esther Williams Peacock printed one piece c/o Bettylicious. I am due to go on an Australian tour at the end of November and knew this would be perfect to wear while I am over there! With such a flattering fit and striking print, of course I had to wear this before I go to Oz.

I do have a confession to make – I have always been a bikini girl. I think the last time I wore a one piece was probably when I was about 12 and competing in swimming competitions at school! I have just never found one that suits or flatters my curves and since stayed well away from them. I am also a sun worshipper so not a fan of a tan line. All that aside, I have always loved the classic fifties shape and the way they embrace curves while still protecting your modesty.

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The items in this blog post have been gifted to me to review. I will always give my 100% honest opinion and never accept products that I would not be happy to buy and choose myself. I may also earn a commission from the links that are within this post. If you would like to collaborate with me, please contact me at info(at)monicavalentinevintage(dot)com. Please note, due to the high volume of requests from brands - I only collaborate, review and work with those that I feel my readers would like to view/read about on my blog.